Set up a steaming jig, referring to the back endpaper for construction details. Also have a bending jig ready (step 2). Turn on the steam source and mark the center of each slat. Once steam begins to escape from the jig's drain hole, place a slat inside. Close the end cap tightly and let the wood steam until it is soft. As a rough guide, steam air-dried lumber for one hour per inch of thickness; half that time for green wood. Avoid scalding your hands by wearing work gloves and using tongs to handle the stock (above). Place the next slat in the jig and bend the steamed slat without delay.
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